Mr Charles Grey: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that these figures are very serious indeed? Will he tell the House what practical steps he intends to take to stabilise the position in the area in the matter of employment and thus avoid the present uncertainty?
Mr Charles Grey: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that for every 100 children leaving school there are now 571 jobs available in the London and South-East Region, and more than 1,000 jobs in the Midland region: whereas in the North-East region there are only 81 jobs available per 100 school leavers; and what steps are now being taken to provide more jobs in the North-East Region.
Mr Charles Grey: That reply would sound all right if it meant anything, but I do not think that it does. Is the Minister aware of the disadvantage suffered by the North-East as compared with the Midlands and the Southern Regions concerning employment for youth? Does he not agree that it is a bit cock-eyed that regions like that can have a great advantage over other regions? Will he not do more about it?
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Prime Minister when he next proposes to make an official visit to the North-East.
Mr Charles Grey: Is the Prime Minister aware that we have got as much out of that reply as he got from his visit to Stockton? Will he tell the House whether he intends to visit Middlesbrough, West to use his high position as a gimmick to try to win that by-election, as he tried to do at Stockton?
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expansion he now expects in medical schools during the next five years; and where such expansion will be.
Mr Charles Grey: May we take it that, when the University Grants Committee reports, the Government will accept its report in full? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is a great shortage of medical schools? Can he say whether or not the Government have come to a conclusion about the possibility of Durham University having its own separate medical faculty when separated from Newcastle?
Mr Charles Grey: May we be assured that the Government will accept the report of the University Grants Committee, in view of what has happened in the past?
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Postmaster-General when it is expected that local broadcasting will be introduced in Great Britain.
Mr Charles Grey: Is the Postmaster-General aware of the tremendous success of the experiments in local broadcasting carried out in Durham a few weeks ago, and does he appreciate that Durham would welcome such a facility? If this kind of local broadcasting is to take place, will the right hon. Gentleman give it top priority?
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Postmaster-General, in view of the fact that the population of Durham and the surrounding districts is more than 120,000, if he will consider locating his proposed Savings Certificate Division in that area.
Mr Charles Grey: I thank the hon. Lady for that reply. Will she bear in mind that last week her hon. Friend the Member for Morecambe and Lonsdale (Mr. de Ferranti) said that we had a population of only 20,000 in Durham and were not as worthy of this service as his constituency? In fact, we have more than 200,000 people to cater for, not 20,000.
Mr Charles Grey: I hope that the hon. Lady the Member for Tyne-mouth (Dame Irene Ward) will forgive me for not following her argument too far, but I cannot help but comment on the fact that she began by praising the Minister, telling us what a good fellow he is, but, by the end of her speech, was telling us how bad he is. I agreed with her when she said that he had made a terribly bad speech, and had not...
Mr Charles Grey: It is true. I share the view of the hon. Lady that the Minister's speech was a miserable effort. It did not face the facts. The right hon. Gentleman referred to an ex- panding Health Service. We are wondering what part of the Service is expanding. It seems that everyone except the Minister knows that there is a shortage of doctors. If he realised that, he would have told us about plans for...
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the output of Her Majesty's Stationery Office; how much of this is contracted out to printing firms; and how much of this latter amount is placed in the northern region.
Mr Charles Grey: As there are good air and rail services between London and Newcastle, could not more of these printing contracts go to the North-East in view of the present congestion in London?
Mr Charles Grey: asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what consultations he has, and with whom, before taking an area from the list of areas receiving assistance under the Local Employment Act, 1960; (2) how often reviews take place of the list of areas receiving assistance under the Local Employment Act, 1960.
Mr Charles Grey: Is the Minister aware of the great dissatisfaction caused by the fact that a number of areas have been taken off the list? Is he aware that no reason at all seems to be given when an area is removed from the list? The right hon. Gentleman talks about jobs in prospect as the reason for areas being descheduled. Should not the only criteria be jobs in actual fact before such a decision is taken?...
Mr Charles Grey: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if, in view of the continuing demand by landlords for exorbitant terms from tenants on the renewal of leases, if he will introduce legislation to ensure security of tenure for leasehold property owners on the expiration of their leases.
Mr Charles Grey: May I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman is aware that the people who are involved in this kind of thing will not get much satisfaction from his Answer? Is he aware that only recently these people have made the necessary approach to the landlord with a view to purchase but without success and that they are very worried about it? Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that something should...